May 25

PC Fitzgerald 061-40

Reporter:

PC Fitzgerald 061-40

CROOM A PLACE TO BE: With the visits of various Dignitaries who have decided to make Croom a place to be on Monday last the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs visited the Family Resource Centre at the Old Mill. The visit by the Minister to acknowledge the great family and community work undertaken by the Family Resource Centre. It indicates how well the work of the family association is doing in the Maigueside. Minister Fitzgerald was coming back to her native place as she was born in the Maternity Hospital of Croom when Croom was the County Maternity Hospital in the 50s. The Chairman Reg Turner welcomed the Minister and thanked her for her department’s assistants in establishing the centre as a major facility. Zara O’Driscoll CEO outlined the services which they provide for the community and central County Limerick, Active retirement, advice and support to families, chiropody service, citizens advice, community events and information, community pre-school. Computer training, counselling service, disability support, internet café, parenting classes, parent and toddler groups, summer camps and day trips, women’s groups and youth programmes. The Minister Frances Fitzgerald was highly in praise of the organising team and was delighted to be back in her place of birth.

CROOM A PLACE TO BE: With the visits of various Dignitaries who have decided to make Croom a place to be on Monday last the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs visited the Family Resource Centre at the Old Mill. The visit by the Minister to acknowledge the great family and community work undertaken by the Family Resource Centre. It indicates how well the work of the family association is doing in the Maigueside. Minister Fitzgerald was coming back to her native place as she was born in the Maternity Hospital of Croom when Croom was the County Maternity Hospital in the 50s. The Chairman Reg Turner welcomed the Minister and thanked her for her department’s assistants in establishing the centre as a major facility. Zara O’Driscoll CEO outlined the services which they provide for the community and central County Limerick, Active retirement, advice and support to families, chiropody service, citizens advice, community events and information, community pre-school. Computer training, counselling service, disability support, internet café, parenting classes, parent and toddler groups, summer camps and day trips, women’s groups and youth programmes. The Minister Frances Fitzgerald was highly in praise of the organising team and was delighted to be back in her place of birth.

PRESIDENT GAA TO VISIT THIS THURSDAY: It will be a memorable day for the visit of the President of the GAA Mr. Pat O’Neill to St. Mary’s. The visit is part of the National Féile na Gael competition which will be held in Limerick this year. His visit is to make aware the role of the Bórd na nOg clubs throughout the country. Limerick will be hosting the Féile with clubs represented from all over the country. Croom families will be accommodating young players while they are in the area. There will be competitions each day and an award for the outright winner club. The visit by the President of the GAA indicates how the GAA at National level knows of the work of the juvenile club and what the mentors do in promoting the National Game.

MINISTER QUINN TO VISIT COLLEGE: Minister Ruairi Quinn will be visiting Coláiste Chiaráin Secondary School on this Friday 24th May. The visit is very important as the new proposed Community College is earmarked for Croom.

LIMERICK YOUTH SERVICE: LYS is inviting all volunteers, past and present, to a Celebration of Volunteering at the Clarion Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick on Friday next, May 24th at 7:30pm.

Volunteers have been at the core of our charity since Sr. Joan founded LYS 40 years .

Without the support of volunteers many of the above youth clubs and projects would struggle to exit,’ added Ms. Kelly, ‘who thanked the thousands of volunteers who have contributed to LYS. The Volunteer Appreciation Evening will be preceded by the launch of the Ger McDonnell Memorial Cycle 2013. Six young people from Rathkeale Youth Project completed a Personal & Social Development training programme at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre last weekend. Devised by LYS and Clare Youth Service and based on the pioneering work of Leslie Button of Swansea University, the programme provides training in group work skills and senior leader group youth work skills. Away from the workshop the ‘Rathkealers’ enjoyed the scenic wilds of Co. Clare with some getting their first experience of the Cliffs of Moher. ‘The wind blew the cobwebs off of everyone and woke up those heads who didn’t manage to close the eyes the previous night.

Croom & District Golf Society: The Croom & District Golf Society held their second outing of 2013 at Newcastlewest Golf Course on Sat last. The winner was Johnny Fitzgerald with 38 points, 2nd was Tom Treacy with 37 points & in 3rd place was Mike Irwin also with 37 points. The category prize went to Stephen O’Kelly with 28 points, the front nine was won by Ger Wallace with 20 points & the back nine was won by Mark Lawlor also with 20 points. The next outing is at Charleville Golf club on Sat 8th June.A deposit is required at the next outing for those of you intending to travel on our weekend away to Killarney in August. Please contact Tom Treacy for details.

ANNIVERSARY MASSES AND REMEMBRANCES: The anniversary mass for James and Hannah Malone Maghera, at St. Mary’s Church Croom Sat 18th May. The anniversary mass for Mary O’Shea and Sean Noonan Banogue, at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue, on Sunday 19th May. The anniversary mass for Margaret Cagney, and her son James, at St. Mary’s Church Croom, Sunday 19th May.

CROOM DEVELOPMENT DOG NIGHT: Croom community Development Association will be holding a night at the dogs t his Saturday May 25th at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Funds raised will go towards the development of the Town Park Playground, Civic Centre. Work has commenced on the Town Park aspect of the project followed by Playground and Civic Centre. This Saturday’s dog night prizes on the night including a first prize of €2,000, buster tickets are €20, admission tickets €10 and restaurant tickets €45. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event as they will not be available on the night. Contact committee Office 061602000 ore 0872634681

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION: The annual Corpus Christi procession from St. Mary’s Parish Church to Reilig Mhuire takes place after 11.30 am Mass on Sunday, 2nd of June. The various clubs and organisations of the parish are invited to join in the solemn procession while carrying their club colours and banners. The procession will end with Benediction in the grounds of Reilig Mhuire. The annual Corpus Christi procession from St. Mary’s Parish Church to Reilig Mhuire takes place after 11.30 am Mass on Sunday, 2nd of June. The various clubs and organisations of the parish are invited to join in the solemn procession while carrying their club colours and banners. The procession will end with Benediction in the grounds of Reilig Mhuire

CROOM MACRA: The Limerick County Macra AGM too place on Wednesday 15th May. Well done to our members who got positions for the coming Macra year. Anna Holland is Vice Chairperson and President. Rebecca Murphy is Secretary and Yvonne Daly is Treasurer. Good luck to all of the other clubs and to their members who got positions. We look forward to many interesting county meetings in the coming year, Tag Ruby continues each Tuesday with the Old Crescent League. Members are part of a mixed team called Tagaholics. Good luck everyone on the field! For more information contact Aine O’Brien of Limerick City Macra or Ger Donovan of Shannonside.The event ‘Macra Fortunes’ has been postponed. A new date will be set soon. Stay tuned to Facebook for more details. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

JACK AND JILL TRACTOR VINTAGE RUN: yyyThe annual Jack and Jill vintage tractor and working tractor run from Buttercup farm at Ballygrennan Croom will take place on Sunday next. The registration of entries will take place from 10am. The assembly of tractors will set off on their trail at 12 noon. This event has attracted large numbers of tractors of all make and shape. The event has always an element of surprise, a mystery tour is always guaranteed.